In Amberr Meadows’ Twitter bio, she calls herself a “Mom, Writer, blogger and Travel Editor.” A passionate blogger, she keeps a regular schedule of at least four posts a week along with guest posts at her site Like a Bump on a Blog, with every Tuesday reserved for travel tips. With over 57,000 tweets at this writing, she is surely one of the most engaged and generous people on Twitter. Follow her at as @amberrisme .
What does being influential online mean to you?
I don’t worry much about being influential, but I do focus on engaging and interacting with people and sharing relevant content. Behind every avatar is a human being looking for some sort of positive connection, and if I have nothing else to share for the day, I still share smiles. I am a huge advocate of reciprocity and tend to do others the way they do me.
How do you use your influence to better your community/business and strengthen your business?
I concentrate on the content I’m sharing and how people respond to it. If something is not working I am quick to change it,. I love thinking creatively and I am always willing to try new things, because I am easily bored. As a consequence, my blog is thriving and my reach is growing steadily. Now I “do” social media for business and pleasure, and there is an abundance of both.
How does generosity enhance your online relationships?
Generosity is one of the most important components of online relationships. In addition, it makes social media a joy rather than another mundane part of my marketing plan. I love to help others and encourage people just starting out. I’m not sure if it’s Karma or expected, but others tend to be generous in return without me asking.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to get involved with blogging?
Don’t expect overnight success. No matter how amazing your content is, you will have to promote yourself through the major social media platforms to build traffic. Don’t rely solely on SEO or brilliant content, because you WILL fail if you do. If you are patient and consistent with your efforts, it WILL pay off.
How do you integrate your real life experiences with your online identity?
I am the same online and in real life, I believe that transparency is far more appealing than anonymity. I may not always say something everyone agrees with, but I’m not hiding my identity to escape scrutiny. I welcome challenges and critiques in both “worlds” because it makes me a stronger writer and a better person. This, in turn, allows me to add value to others’ social media experience.